FDF and INCPEN release new sustainability checklist for packaging

13 March 2017 (Last Updated March 13th, 2017 18:30)

The UK's Food and Drink Federation (FDF), in collaboration with Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN), has unveiled a new checklist for the packaging industry.

The UK's Food and Drink Federation (FDF), in collaboration with Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN), has unveiled a new checklist for the packaging industry.

The new ‘Packaging for people, planet and profit-sustainability checklist’ will help companies to select and optimise their packaging systems to improve the sustainability of their value chain.

It also provides practical guidance for companies to improve resource efficiency at all stages of a packaged product’s journey without compromising functionality.

In addition, the checklist features references to relevant regulations and guidance and encourages companies to go above and beyond legal requirements.

“This guidance will help businesses choose and optimise their use of packaging in ways that will contribute to a net improvement in the use of resources across the value chain."

Representing the first deliverable under FDF’s Ambition 2025 commitments, the checklist will also help reduce the impact of used packaging associated with food and drink products and will encourage innovation in packaging technology and design.

Food and Drink Federation food safety, science and sustainability director Helen Munday said:“This guidance will help businesses choose and optimise their use of packaging in ways that will contribute to a net improvement in the use of resources across the value chain.

“This improvement can be achieved whilst continuing to ensure that food safety and quality requirements are not compromised.

“We encourage all food and drink operators to use it.”

The federation also noted that the new checklist will help businesses to consider packaging a part of the total product system.

Both FDF and INCPEN are planning to track the reach of the checklist and will monitor its use.